Thursday, March 17, 2005

first night

Tonight was the first night of our show about Stendhal, 'Fabrice et Gina', in Grenoble. There were, despite funky posters all over this rather ugly town, twenty people in the audience. Most of them were from the Musiciens du Louvre Office. Hope they enjoyed our base lines in Haydn, Cimarossa, Rossini et al which, as instructed by our chefesse, we made sure were on a 'nuage' not a 'fauteil'. A friend of a friend in the audience and with whom we drank afterwards said music had literally saved her life so it made it all worthwhile.

During the day I climbed a small mountain (nt as nice as ours)to have a small salad and, surrounded by snowy peaks, contemplate my life and my marriage: It clearly needs some attention but I have lots of ideas. For now, trust me when I say I do not intend to be on tour for this many months ever again because I have found who and what I have been searching for for forty years and they are at the foot of the Mont Ventoux waiting for me to come home.

ps. over dinner, because some poor sod was eating andouillettes, my colleague Genevieve informed me of a french delicacy hitherto unknown to me: 'amourettes'. She described it thus:

"The nerf of the private part of the cochon"



Blogger Morphess said...

Shame about small audience but excellent comment about music. Does the size of the audienec affect the way you all play?
I was asked recently what the most disgusting thing I'd ever eaten was. And guess what? Andouillettes...

3:03 AM  
Blogger Sammy said...

Hmmm... 'Les amourettes', eh? SOunds like a little bit of lovin' that I can do without.

10:54 AM  
Blogger ruth said...

hello morphess and welcome sammy. s- theres more on the amourettes today (eeeyuk) and m, yes the audience size does affect me, but not always negatively~; sometimes we think, well hey we'll just love it and play for ourselves...this one might need it's own posting. good question!

8:06 PM  
Blogger Katia said...

My Mother-in-Law loves everything Cello. Is there a site for the tour? Are you doing a show in / near St Etienne ?

11:44 AM  
Blogger Katia said...

Oh and when I told my husband about it, he said, "find out if she's doing one in Paris!"

11:44 AM  
Blogger ruth said...

katia, you missed my huge stint in paris,unfortunately. it was the wonderful marionette opera. the last stendhal i'm doing is in grenoble on the 23rd and otherwise i am playing in salzburg, bremen, strasbourg...not much use to you for the moment, but you have reminded me i should put my dates up, especially with our dwindling audiences!

8:56 AM  

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